Forefoot Protection Socks | Neuropathy, Diabetic Foot Ulcers | GlideWear
(9 customer reviews)


This product has been discontinued. Limited quantities available on a first-come, first-served basis. All sales are final.


  • Get lasting protection from the harmful friction & shear that cause diabetic foot ulcers, blisters, calluses, and skin breakdown on your forefoot (ball of your foot and toes).
  • Can be worn with diabetic shoes, orthotics, offloading walking boots (including CROW), and standard footwear.
  • Breathable fabric prevents moisture and heat buildup against the skin.
  • Comfortable, non-binding top fits comfortably and accommodates edema (swelling).
  • Durable, machine washable. Made in the USA. Wash them with your other laundry.
  • Choose from white or black SmartKnit Sock color (GlideWear low friction zone is always black). Sold in pairs.


Doctor Recommended Foot Protection

GlideWear Forefoot Protection Socks are designed for people who have neuropathy, diabetic foot ulcers, toe blisters, and calluses. They use a patented technology to protect your toes and balls of your feet (metatarsal heads) from the friction and shear that cause ulcers, calluses, blisters, and wounds.

“I recommend GlideWear socks to at least five patients every day. Strategic friction reduction is a game changer for many patients with podiatric conditions that are not entirely alleviated by traditional treatments… Patients can tell right away that they are working.”

Troy J. Boffeli, DPM, FACFAS
Department Chair and Residency Program Director
HealthPartners Medical Group and Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN

Why Protecting Diabetic Feet is So Important

Diabetic foot ulcers can lead to months in a walking boot or, worse, partial foot amputation. Up to 70% of people with diabetes have or will develop nerve damage (“neuropathy”), which puts them at higher risk for an ulcer. Ulcers, which often start out as calluses or redness, can go from non-existent to debilitating in a very short time. They’re especially common in people with reduced sensation in their feet. If you can’t feel a pebble in your shoe, for example, the pebble can cause rubbing, skin breakdown, or even an ulcer before you’ve even noticed it’s there.

Diabetic foot ulcers can reduce mobility and quality of life. A diabetic foot ulcer can take months — or even years — to heal. During those months, someone with a diabetic foot ulcers is often in walking boot or cast. Left untreated, diabetic foot ulcers can lead to amputation. Being proactive about foot care is essential. Protect your feet with GlideWear Forefoot Protection Socks

Invest in Proactive Protection

The Forefoot Protection sock combines the comfort of a seamless SmartKnit sock with the protection of GlideWear’s patented, low-friction fabric. GlideWear is a two-layer fabric that absorbs harmful friction and shear between its layers, protecting your feet. The non-binding top of the sock fits comfortably around the ankle and works well for people with diabetes. Seams are very flat and strategically placed away from high-risk areas. The result is a comfortable, breathable sock that protects your forefeet from the friction and shear that causes ulcers, blisters, and calluses.

“I have problems with calluses and I am diabetic with neuropathy. I would try anything to help my feet and what a difference these socks make. My feet feel so good, they are so comfortable! Love them!

Sharon S., GlideWear Forefoot Sock customer

When you buy GlideWear Forefoot Protection Socks, you’re not just buying a pair of socks. You’re buying a tool that reduces the friction and shear that cause debilitating diabetic foot ulcers.

30-Day, 100% Money Back Guarantee & 1 Year Warranty

Try GlideWear socks, risk-free. Put GlideWear to the test. Use your GlideWear Forefoot Protection for up to 30 days, risk free. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied, return your GlideWear products for a full refund. We guarantee that GlideWear products will be free from defects in workmanship and materials under normal use for a period of one year from the original purchase date. Read all guarantee and warranty information.

Don’t wait. Invest in a long-term skin protection solution – buy GlideWear Forefoot Protection Socks today.

Clinical Evidence

Note: Contain images of wounds.

Questions? Give Us a Call

We have an expert team of clinical and customer service specialists to answer any question you have about size, fit, and whether the Forefoot Protection Sock is right for you. Call us at 763-795-0057 or email

Product Instructions

Use daily to protect against the friction and shear that lead to skin breakdown and ulceration. Contact your healthcare provider if you have any questions about the use of this product.

Size Chart

Tech Specs

Made with pride in the USA from 75% Polyester, 19% Nylon, 6% Spandex (latex-free). Package contains TWO GlideWear Forefoot Protection Socks.

Additional information

Weight 0.3 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 7 × 2 in

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9 reviews for GlideWear Forefoot Protection Socks | Foot Ulcers, Calluses (Pair)

  1. sharon savinell (verified owner)

    i bought the forefoot socks..i think they are awesome..i have problems with callouses and i am diabetic with neuropathy. i would try anything to help my feet and what a difference these socks make. my feet feel so good, they are so comfortable !!! love them !! could you make them in a crew length? so glad i tried Glidewear !!!

    • Rachel Mattson, Customer Service (verified owner)

      Thank you for the feedback! Glad to hear the socks are making a difference and that your feet feel so good!! We are in the prototyping stages of a ankle sock.

  2. Carol (verified owner)

    These are still new to me. I tried the socks in my roller skates but the flat seam was right on my bunion and my rotated little toe, and skates are pretty snug, so I switched back to regular socks quickly. I’m a little concerned about the lack of purchase my toes can get during a walk with the two layers sliding, but haven’t tried that yet. I’m sharing a pair with my brother who had a foot injured a few years ago and still has problems. I may also share a pair with a friend who has RA and very sensitive feet. These are sized nicely and extremely well made. They may not be for me, though.

    • Rachel Mattson, Customer Service (verified owner)

      Hello Carol,
      Thank you for the review of the Forefoot Sock! Glad to see you are sharing and recommending the sock with the others around you!! Since it sounds like you have some friction in your roller skates and the socks are too bulky, we would recommend trying our ENGO product. This is a thin layer of PTFE that adheres to your skate to help with blisters and friction. Again, thank you for your purchase and let us know if you have any other questions.

  3. Rocky (verified owner)

    My podiatrist recommended it because of a blister I developed on my foot because of a brace I have to wear. I thought it was more like a gel-sock (based on my podiatrist’s recommendation), but it was a thin sheer layer instead. I tried it for a day but went back to a regular sock since it had a bit more padding/cushion between my foot and the brace. An orthotics place already placed a “shear guard” on my brace, which seems to have the same function this sock is supposed to have. I find a regular sock better than the GlideWear sock. Also, I need a longer sock to come up my entire calf because I have a strap on the brace, and I’d like a sock high enough that I don’t have to pull the strap around on my skin. So this product might work for some folks, depending on the need, but it didn’t really work for me.

  4. Barbara Boe (verified owner)

    My husband is diabetic and had a number of ulcers on his toes that wouldn’t heal. His podiatrist recommended these forefoot protection socks and they really helped. The ulcers healed up and he hasn’t had any more. He likes them because they are soft on his feet and don’t rub anywhere in his shoes. We’re so glad to have found something that works for him.

    • kaitlinberg

      Hi Barbara. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on our GlideWear socks! We are happy to hear that the forefoot socks have provided relief from your husband’s diabetic ulcers.

  5. Patti Brown

    We have not tried yet but my Dad has a bone sticking out of the top of his 2nd toe. He’s 94 and they say he wouldn’t survive surgery to amputate. We need something to protect his toe when the nursing home wheels him into the cafeteria, and other chairs can hit him at the table. Would these help?

    • Rachel Mattson, Customer Service (verified owner)

      Thank you for reaching out to us! The forefoot socks could certainly help him. But the footwear is important too. To protect his feet from being ‘banged’ into by footrests on other wheelchairs, etc, he should wear something more substantial than a slipper. That kind of footwear also needs to fit in a way that does not press down on the toes from the top (or the end). A thick lambswool and leather type of slipper may protect enough for ‘minor bumps’. We do offer a 30 day money back guarantee if you wanted to try the socks.

  6. Tania Bowkett

    As a therapist it is fantastic to find a product that can be used for clients both in the bed and in shoes. I appreciate that there are other options as well which is very useful to consider when meeting with clients with individual needs.

    • Rachel Mattson, Customer Service (verified owner)

      Thank you for your review! We are also happy that you have found our GlideWear products and that you can give your clients options.

  7. Steve Peterson (verified owner)

    I had triple arthodesis surgery on my ankle a few years ago. There were complications from the surgery which led to balance issues and a clawed foot. I was getting severe callousing and sores on the opposite foot which required many trips to my podiatrist. My pain was so bad it made daily walking unbearable. The owner of Tillges Orthotics recommended these forefoot socks and modifications of my diabetic shoes. After only two weeks my sores and callouses are almost completely healed!! So happy to have finally found a solution to my pain and misery. They are well worth the price! Do wish there was a crew style sock since these are so long.

    • Rachel Mattson, Customer Service (verified owner)

      Thank you for your review on our GlideWear Forefoot socks! We are happy to hear the socks work for you and that they were recommended to you.

  8. Lori Reinhardt (verified owner)

    I got these for my mom, who is diabetic as well as has Alzheimer’s. With her many health issues, it is nice to have her feet in good shape and doing better with reduction in calluses and such. Thank you for the help with care for my mom!

    • Rachel Mattson, Customer Service (verified owner)

      Thank you for your feedback! You’re welcome. That is great to hear your mom has her feet in shape and doing better with the GlideWear socks!!

  9. Barbara Edwards (verified owner)

    These socks have helped me beyond what I comprehended. Healthier feet already after just 3 weeks – per the doctor! -Barbara Edwards

    • kaitlinberg

      Great to hear, Barbara! We are happy you and your doctor are noticing a difference in your feet with our GlideWear socks.

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